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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions have once again shown a slight deterioration overall as compared to the previous week. Dry conditions continued to dominate in the Desert Southwest and in parts of the Central Rockies. Farther east across the Great Plains, scattered thunderstorms led to some improvement. Overall, the eastern half of the United States continues to remain mostly free of drought conditions entirely.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

In Texas, warm temperatures dominated in both the Texas Panhandle and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where some areas reported temperatures up to 6 degrees warmer than normal. Combined with long term precipitation deficits, extreme and exceptional drought conditions expanded in the Panhandle. Additionally, new areas of extreme drought were introduced west of Lubbock and in areas near Corpus Christi. Moderate to heavy rain over north-central to west Texas however led to 1-category improvements in some areas.  

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

In Oklahoma, D0 and D1 conditions have continued to expand in the eastern portion of the state. Conversely, precipitation occurring over the Interstate 35 corridor allowed for 1-category improvements in some areas.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Louisiana missed out on the moderate to heavy rains that occurred elsewhere in the region and as a result abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions expanded.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Georgia remains free of any drought conditions.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

North Carolina remains free of any drought conditions.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Precipitation is expected to occur throughout the United States. Areas projected to receive the most rainfall include the along the coast of Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin and Minnesota. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

 

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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